Rimfire Conversion Kits for the Blaser R8 Rifle

The German-built Blaser R8 is not the most common hunting rifle here in the United States but it has enjoyed a growing following thanks to its ergonomic design and lightning-fast straight-pull action. The R8 is available in several different chassis but is generally chambered for hard-hitting centerfire rounds like the .308 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield. But if you own an R8 and want to take on small game and varmints, check out Blaser’s new rimfire and centerfire conversion kits.

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Blaser has launched several new conversion kits for rimfire and centerfire calibers for their R8 rifle. [Blaser]
To convert an existing centerfire Blaser R8, you will need a new bolt head to chamber and extract the new round, a new magazine to feed from, and a new barrel. The modularity of the R8 makes that change easy and the new conversion kits come with the barrel of your choice as well as the accompanying bolthead and magazine.

“There are millions of possible combinations in the Blaser R8 platform and the versatility is extraordinary,” said Blaser Group CEO Jason Evans, “R8 owners can hunt varmint and dangerous game with the same rifle which can be quickly converted from a .17 HMR to large centerfire calibers such as .375 or .458. Those who hunt multiple species at home and abroad will appreciate the ease with which they can adapt calibers to their needs with conversion kits, in the case of rimfire, or extra barrels and bolt heads in centerfire calibers. And when target shooting, you have the advantage of practicing with lower recoiling calibers with the same gun and trigger pull.”

These new conversion kits allow you to scale down the ammunition for cheaper practice and to take smaller game and predators without destroying too much meat and fur. These kits are currently offered in .22 LR, .22 Magnum, .17 HMR, .17 Hornet, and .22 Hornet.

Terril is an economic historian with a penchant for all things firearm related. Originally a pot hunter hailing from south Louisiana, he currently covers firearms and reloading topics in print and on his All Outdoors YouTube page. When he isn't delving into rimfire ballistics, pocket pistols, and colonial arms, Terril can be found perfecting his fire-starting techniques, photographing wildlife, and getting lost in the archives.

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